Per reports, it has been confirmed that Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. While placed under the NBA’s health and safety protocols Paul is sidelined for an indefinite period after testing positive for COVID-19. According to ESPN “The NBA’s rules for coronavirus-related isolation periods have evolved throughout the season in correlation with increasing vaccine numbers.”
While appearing on the “Jump”, Matt Barnes stated that Paul told him that he has been vaccinated. If he is indeed vaccinated against COVID-19, he could be facing a shorter absence from the Suns. Paul has been pivotal in the Suns miraculous turnaround this season. He finished fifth in MVP voting and is averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds a game this postseason. Also, he has helped the Suns land a place in the conference finals for the first time in more than a decade. The team is only four wins away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
The Suns beat the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals and will play either the Utah Jazz or LA Clippers in the Western Conference finals, which are scheduled to start next week. Against the Nuggets, Paul averaged 25.5 points on 61.8% shooting, 58.3% from 3, 100% from the free-throw line, plus a 41-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio.